Monthly Archives: May 2008


I’m off to Madrid on business for a few days.  I’ll be back on Sunday, maybe having fought a bull or two.

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UEFA Champions League Final

Manchester United 1 – 1 Chelsea (Man Utd win 6-5 on penalties) Following Zenit St. Petersburg’s win over Rangers last week, today’s result means that everybody in our household is celebrating European cup glory. Incidentally, the match kicked off at 5:45am Sakhalin time, so … Continue reading

Posted in Sakhalin, Sport | 1 Comment

UEFA Cup Final

Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – 0 Glasgow Rangers Congratulations to Zenit on a deserved win.  My wife was happy this morning.  Let’s hope her husband will be as happy in a week’s time.

Posted in Russia, Sport | 4 Comments

Normblog Profile

After five years of blogging, I think I am now in a position where I can say that I have truly arrived as a blogger. I am this week’s featured blogger in the Normblog Profile.  You can read my profile here.

Posted in Blogging | 7 Comments

Russia Waives Visa Requirements for Football Fans

Now this has really surprised me: Russia has waived normal visa requirements for a 72-hour period for football fans with a ticket for the Champions League final in Moscow. … Supporters will need to present a valid match ticket, a … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, Sport | 6 Comments

Oil, Gas, and European Politicians

One of the consistent refrains from the left-wing of European politics is that the US government is beholden to the interests of Big Oil, even to the extent that Bush was prepared to invade Iraq on their behalf.  It is … Continue reading

Posted in Oil & Gas, Politics | 8 Comments

Football and Visas: An Update

Following on from the post immediately below this one, the BBC has a report on the status of the visa issue for British fans wanting to go to the Champions League final in Moscow on May 21st. Champions League final … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, Sport | 3 Comments